Al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri issued a new videotape Saturday along with a man identified as an American member of the terror network, inviting Americans to convert to Islam.
The 41-minute video, posted on an Islamic militant Web site nine days before the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, had footage of Mr. al-Zawahri and a man the video identified as Adam Yehiye Gadahn, an American who the FBI believes attended al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and served as an al-Qaeda translator.
Mr. Gadahn and Mr. al-Zawahri did not appear together in the footage but were each featured on a split screen. Both wore white turbans and robes.
It was the second time Mr. Gadahn has appeared in the same video with Mr. al-Zawahri. In a July 7 video marking the one-year anniversary of bombings against the London transit system, Mr. Gadahn said no Muslim should "shed tears" for Westerners killed by al-Qaeda attacks.
Mr. Gadahn spoke with his face uncovered, resembling FBI photos, with his name and nom de guerre — "Azzam the American" — written in titles in Arabic and English next to him.
"We invite all Americans and unbelievers to Islam," Mr. Gadahn said, sporting a long, thick black beard with a computer terminal in the background.
Mr. Gadahn, a 28-year-old from California who converted to Islam, is wanted by the FBI in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States, though the agency says it has no information linking him to any specific terrorist activities.
Mr. Gadahn spoke for much of the video, saying he wanted to correct the image Americans have of Islam.
He described the West as "the civilization which enslaved Africa, slaughtered native Americans, fired bombs at ... Tokyo and [the Iraqi city of] Fallujah and nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
Gadahn probably came to his hatred for his own country through years of schooling by progressive teachers, first in public school, then in post-secondary.
He would have been taught that America's self-proclaimed ideals were frauds, that it was the greatest imperial aggressor in history, that its wealth and power were built on the blood, toil and bodies of millions of slaves at home and in the developing world.
Most students so taught ignore most of this, because the disconnect between reality and propaganda is too great for even the unlearned to ignore.
But a good many believe it as gospel, and go looking for some other political or religious creed to give their lives meaning.
Adam Gadahn and his ilk would have embraced Communism or National Socialism just as eagerly decades ago as they embrace Islam today.
The wonder is not that there are so many Adam Gadahns produced by our self-hating educators, but that there are not more.
Source: Globe and Mail